Part of the group show 'Family Affairs' at the Brussels arts center Bozar in Brussels (Belgium), and the group show 'Kunstlerbrüder' in Haus der Kunst in Munich (Germany)
Design team : Erik & Harald Thys + Richard & Danny Venlet
"My brother Richard and I were separated several times during our youth, because of the roaming of our family and a divorce, but we always remained pretty close. As an artist he’s not forced to come up with a solution with every new project: holding a mirror to the public can be enough. But CarMausoleum, in collaboration with another duo from the arts world, the brothers Erik & Harald Thys, comes pretty close to a real solution to a real problem. The installation was created for Family Affairs, an exhibition that focused on brothers and sisters in art, from early history till today. The car serves as a backdrop and platform for some of the most important episodes in our lives. As a result, many have a close emotional bond with their car that is comparable to that of a family member. And yet: there’s no graveyard where we can preserve and visit them, once they’re out of function. Cars are a typical victim of consumer society. We therefore proposed a model for a CarMausoleum, where one would be able to stock his beloved car, in concrete niches that measured 5 by 3,4 and 2 m. The niches would be stacked on top of each other, creating a giant wall or monument, preferably in natural surroundings, next to a river or on a meadow. It could expand endlessly and soon take up the size of a suburb, while all niches would be open at both ends so that the cars would be clearly visible."